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How do I get into the Honors Program?

All students must apply to the University Honors Program. Admission is never automatic. Students should either check the box on their KU application indicating their interest in applying for Honors, or apply through the University Honors Program's website.

All applications go through a comprehensive review process. Several factors are considered in admitting students to the program, including curriculum, grades, an essay, and involvement. Applying does not guarantee admission. 

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Can I apply to the program if I am a current KU student or a transfer student?

Yes, the Honors Program reviews applications from current KU students and transfer students who have completed at least one semester of college.

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What are some advantages to being a part of the Honors Program?

By being a part of the University Honors Program, students have the opportunity to be involved in special programming and honors courses with top KU faculty members. Students in the Honors Program have access to priority enrollment, meaning that Honors Program students enroll in classes first. Priority enrollment reduces the scheduling challenges faced by the many Honors Program students who are pursuing dual majors/degrees, thus making it more likely that they can complete these ambitious programs in four years.

Students also have access to personalized academic advising by an Honors staff member or an Honors advisor in their department or professional school. These advisors encourage students to identify scholarship, career, internship, and study abroad opportunities early on in their academic careers.

If an Honors student fulfills the Honors Program completion requirements, they will graduate from KU with University Honors. (Other recognitions of academic excellence on campus include departmental honors, distinction and highest distinction, and membership in honors societies.)

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What are the differences between regular courses and honors courses at KU?

Honors courses at KU are small and intimate and are taught by top faculty. They cultivate critical thinking, in-depth discussion, skill in self-expression, and independent analysis of course material. Honors courses are designed to enhance learning and stimulate discussion. Early contact with faculty provides students with the possibility of securing excellent recommendations for opportunities later on.

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Does the Honors Program provide scholarships for incoming students?

While the Honors Program provides opportunity awards for current students, it does not offer scholarships for incoming students. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship as an incoming student, visit Financial Aid & Scholarships1 for more information.

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Can I be in the Honors Program if I'm planning to attend a professional school (Engineering, Business, Architecture, Allied Health, Journalism, Education, Nursing, Pharmacy, Fine Arts, Social Welfare) at KU?

Yes! The Honors Program has students in the University Honors Program representing all of the professional schools.

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Are students in the Honors Program required to live in special housing?

Honors students are not required to live in special housing, and students who plan to live on campus may choose from a variety of housing options.

The Honors Program does recommend that students live on campus for at least their first year. ​As the official Honors Program residence hall, Templin Hall gives preference to KU Honors student housing requests and provides an enriching environment conducive to learning. Honors students may also consider the scholarship halls in which 50 men or women live in an academic cooperative-living setting at a reduced cost.

All student housing is coordinated through the Department of Student Housing. Visit their website for more information or to apply for housing.

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If I am not admitted to the Honors Program, can I still take honors courses?

You may be able to take honors courses if you are not in the Honors Program, though you will need departmental or instructor permission to do so. If you want to take an Honors course, speak with the instructor of the course. If the professor grants you permission, you will need to contact the department's scheduling officer to get a permission number for the course. English and Math honors placement is handled through those departments and depends on a student's ACT/SAT score and/or high school preparation.

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How long does it take to review my application?

Thank you for applying! For incoming freshmen applying during in the fall, due to the high volume of applications we receive, please allow 4-6 weeks for your Honors Program decision letter to arrive in the mail.


Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
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